I did not realize when I chose this book to review that it was number 19 in a series. If I had bothered to find that out ahead of time, I probably would have passed this book by. I am glad I did not because I would have missed out on an enjoyable read. Sands does an excellent and almost seamless job of incorporating the backstory into this novel and it does well as a stand-alone. Jake Colson is a reluctant vampire. Oblivious to the nature of the rest of his family until the age of 18, Jake does not take the news that his mother, stepfather and brother are all bloodsuckers very well. Raised on a diet of movies where vampires were always the bad guy, this early indoctrination makes it hard for Jake to see his family in a different light despite the fact he does love them. When he is nearly killed at the age of 51 and his stepfather uses his one “turn” to save Jake’s life, Jake is torn. He is grateful to be alive, but hates the fact that he has now become one of the monsters himself. So Jake severs all contact with his family. When the book opens, he is working as a security specialist in Ottawa. Nicole Phillips is something of an artistic prodigy. Her portrait commissions have made her a wealthy young lady. Unfortunately, they also attracted a slimy Italian leech named Rodolpho who married her for her talent and the wealth it could generate. After a few years of him destroying her self-esteem and working her to the bone, she finally found the wherewithal to divorce him. That divorce will be final in two weeks. Nicole’s best friend Pierina’s mother is the housekeeper to Marguerite Argeneau Notte. Marguerite is Jake’s aunt by marriage. She is also a very old vampire. Fearing that Nicole’s soon to be ex-husband Rodolpho is trying to kill her before the divorce is final, Marguerite convinces Jake to serve as her bodyguard for the next two weeks. Nicole refuses to believe that Rodolpho is trying to kill her, so Marguerite convinces her that she needs a cook/housekeeper to give her more time to paint. Nicole agrees and Jake is hired.
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